Re: Professional development; employer expectations
19 Jun 2005 - 10:31am
8 years ago
As I said, this is where I get cynical from employment a previous company....if I wanted UI training-- forget it; if I wanted to take classes on java, JSP and become a developer, I'm sure I could have swung that, but I have completely no interest in that
>From an employer perspective, it is less expensive to train existing employees, considering the improving market. However, I think it is wrong to advise designers to go into a situation and think of professional development on the same level as "medical benefits" and demand that. I think that it's important, I think that it's something a designer should consider and talk to a potential employer before taking a job, and I definitely think that it is something that an employer should consider offering to keep knowledge workers. However, it just isn't on the same level as "medical benefits".
Most professional development for an employee is at the employer's discretion; the employer or manager decides what an employee can take/what they can't and what the budget is for; there are companies that have professional development included in their budget and as part of their benefits, again I think that this is the rarity.
Employees have to have spent a certain amount of time at a company usually before this benefit becomes active; and it's still at the employer's discretion, ultimately.